IEEE MASS 2014, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, October 2014
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Keynote Speeches

Day 1:

Title:  Enabling Flexible Networks that Converge Unlicensed and Licensed Technologies

   Dr. Preston F. Marshall

Abstract: The President’s Council of Economic Advisors in Science and Technology (PCAST) has recommended that Federal spectrum be shared with civil users, and that  this sharing provide a band that should be be used simultaneously by both protected and unprotected users. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is pursuing rule-making to implement many of these recommendations.  This process will result in a number of new opportunities for network construction, including the ability of small network operators to obtain protection from interference, access to commercial-grade infrastructure and access technology, and further integration of local networks with larger-scale networks and management.  This change in spectrum access can provide non-carrier research and operations with many options beyond the currently available options of unlicensed technology, such as unprotected WiFi.  These new network technology options can have a fundamental impact on how local networks are designed, and will provide researchers with a much richer set of network tools to employ in support of higher layer objectives.


Dr. Preston F. Marshall is responsible for spectrum access technology for Google Access. He is active in research and development of evolving networking concepts, wireless, cognitive radio and networking technologies, and supporting spectrum policy and technology. He is heavily involved in the wireless technology and policy, including participation in the 2012 PCAST Spectrum Study, serving as the technical witness during the US House hearings on the PCAST recommendations.

Before joining Google, he was Deputy Director of the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of University of Southern California, and a Research Professor at USC’s in Electrical Engineering. For seven years, he was Program Manager with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for many of the DARPA Wireless, Cognitive Radio, and networking programs.

 Dr. Marshall has written numerous articles, books and chapters on the subject of cognitive radio and spectrum issues.  He is author of “Quantitative Analysis of Cognitive Radio and Network Performance” (2010) by ARTECH House and the just released “Scalability, Density, Decision-Making in Cognitive Wireless Networks” (2013) by Cambridge University Press.

Day 2:

Title: Quality of Information-Aware Networking

   Professor Tom Laporta

In this talk I introduce the concept of QoI-Aware networking.  Most communication network theories, designs and control algorithms address performance metrics such as throughput, delay or errors, in terms of data bits.  We postulate that communication networks should be viewed as information sources, and thus should be evaluated and controlled in terms of the quality of information they convey.  We consider information metrics such as completeness, accuracy, precision and timeliness.  Many of these metrics must be specified in the context in which the information is being used.  We consider both end-device processing and network transfer when processing QoI-aware information requests.  In this talk I define QoI, provide an overview of the research ongoing in the ARL-funded Network Science research program, show specific results from the research, and discuss current problems.
Thomas F. La Porta is the William E. Leonhard Chair Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Penn State. He received his B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees from The Cooper Union, New York, NY, and his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, New York, NY. He joined Penn State in 2002. He is the Director of the Institute of Networking and Security Research at Penn State. Prior to joining Penn State, Dr. La Porta was with Bell Laboratories since 1986. He was the Director of the Mobile Networking Research Department in Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies where he led various projects in wireless and mobile networking. He is an IEEE Fellow, Bell Labs Fellow, received the Bell Labs Distinguished Technical Staff Award in 1996, and an Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award in 1996. He also won a Thomas Alva Edison Patent Awards in 2005 and 2009. His research interests include mobility management, signaling and control for wireless networks, security for wireless systems, mobile data systems, and protocol design.

Dr. La Porta was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing and as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Personal Communications Magazine. He has published numerous papers and holds 35 patents.